Warning Signs of Wandering

The following tips are provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  ©2013 Alzheimer’s Association, reused with permission. Anyone who has memory problems and is able to walk is at risk for wandering. Be on the lookout for the following warning signs… Read More

Make a Plan in Case of Wandering

The following tips are provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  ©2013 Alzheimer’s Association, reused with permission. The stress experienced by families and caregivers when a person with dementia wanders and becomes lost is significant. Have a plan in place beforehand,… Read More

Tips to Prevent Wandering

The following tips are provided by the Alzheimer’s Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. ©2013 Alzheimer’s Association, reused with permission. Wandering can happen, even if you are the most diligent of caregivers. Use the following strategies to help lower the chances: Carry out daily… Read More

Overview: Wandering

Many people with dementia pace or roam, perhaps out of nervous energy or because they are looking for things to do. Your loved one also may be trying to fulfill a physical need such as thirst, hunger, using the bathroom or exercise. This behavior can become more serious, however, if… Read More

What to Do When Your Loved One is Wandering

Look at the home through the eyes of a person with dementia. Identify possible areas of danger. Ask yourself the following questions: What objects could injure the person? Is it easy to get outside or to other areas like the kitchen, garage, or basement? Some tips: Install locks out of… Read More

Preventing Your Family Member from Wandering

Be prepared if your loved one wanders or becomes lost. Educate others. Safety-proof your home. Keep a journal. Ensure constant supervision. Read More

Starting the Conversation with Your Loved One on Wandering

“Dad, can I join you on that walk?” “Where are you headed?” “Dad, I notice that you keep pacing between your bedroom and the coat closet. It’s OK. I’ll remind you when it’s time to meet your friends and go with you. “Mom, I see you’re on the neighbor’s porch… Read More

Successful Strategies for Wandering

Make a path in the home where it is safe and comfortable to wander or pace. Simplify the environment. Remove items that could be difficult to see and de-clutter the main living spaces. Install barriers and fences in the yard. Create inviting areas. If your loved one is determined to… Read More

Help For Caregivers Dealing with Loved Ones Who Wander

Adult day care provides a safe environment and activities. Consider respite services. Hospice services provide support. Never underestimate the value of exercise and a healthy diet. Read More

Communication with Your Loved One on Wandering

Divert. Reassure. Approach cautiously. Read More